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Military investigating three Marine deaths in Afghanistan

Posted August 3, 2011

— Three Camp Lejeune Marines died and one Marine and one soldier were injured Sunday in a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan, the military announced Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Patrick R. Dolphin, 29, of Moscow, Pa., Sgt. Dennis E. Kancler, 26, of Brecksville, Ohio, and Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle, 29, of Dallastown, Pa., died in the incident, which occurred while the Marines were supporting combat operations in Herat Province, officials said.

All three were assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

The names of the two people injured haven't been released.

The incident remains under investigation, and the military declined to provide other details.


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  • csmith8116 Aug 4, 2011

    Clarification for bowslinger70:

    Anytime soliders, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are deployed in a theater of combat operations (presently Iraq, Afganistan, Libya) it is considered a combat tour or "combat operations" because are troops are engaged with an enemy force. However, being in an area of combat operations doen't mean you have to die in combat operations. There are typical accidents when working around live ammunition, heavy equipment, heat, stress, etc. There are even fatalities like suicide and even murder within combat bases but not during direct contact with the enemy. It is unusual to see three deaths in one such accident or incident that is not a case of direct contact with the enemy. My guess would be that either a vehicle crash / accident or malfunction of a piece of equipment or ammunition / demolition that killed three, injured two in a small group, i.e. explosion of a mortar shell, premature detonation of C4 explosive, etc.

    What every the reason, this is still a

  • sammyg Aug 4, 2011

    The good ones always leave too soon. Prayers for the families.

  • Caring Aug 4, 2011

    RIP Warriors!!! Prayers are with the families!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 3, 2011

    Our nephew is serving with the 3rd BAT there. He is grieving the loss of a dear friend there right now. It's tough on them to serve, even tougher to lose a friend.

    Praying for those who loved and served with them.


    SEMPER FI!!!

    God bless.


    USMC Sergeant


  • bowslinger70 Aug 3, 2011

    Non combat related injuries----While supporting Combat operations ?? Why doesn't that make any sense to me ?? Sounds like double Talk ??